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After the Fest, Day 2

After a full day of cubin’, it’s back to the drawing board for post-Fest options. There’s more on the list than fit on NoDef’s fingers and toes, but here’s where we’d try to be:


The early 9 p.m. timeslot gives you just enough time to head Uptown or downtown after the fest is complete. Three very different shows are occurring at the same time. Tipitina’s hosts a very special evening with Dr. John and the Lower 911. And as our listings describe- he has personally shared his secret with a NoDef correspondant: the man eats rabbit, for breakfast. And it carries him through the day, and night, as will be seen this evening at Tips (uptown). Downtown, however, old favorites Rotary Downs and new favorites (and NoDef Nodders) Big History clean up (at) Siberia, also at 9:00PM. At Rock 'n Bowl, Cajun bluesman Tab Benoit hosts a Swampland Jam, featuring Rockin' Dopsie Jr., Amanda Shaw, and what's likely to be many more.


Read: Today's JazzFest picks


An hour later, its between Da Quarters and the Warehouse District, choosing either the Morning 40 Federation or Mos Def. And it’s a tough call- the Feds are back to play One Eyed Jack's, with stylin’ Little Freddie King by their side. Meanwhile, across Canal, Mos Def packs the Howlin Wolf with the Hot 8 Brass Band (who manage to be everywhere, all the time), Memphis soul legend Booker T, part of Dumpstaphunk, a Rebirth man and Sherik for good measure. Mos Def has been getting down with brass since finding the Hypnotic Brass Band in the underground Subway L stop in NYC. Since then, and since spending more (and more) time in the NO, Mos has embraced the horns as his backing ensemble, and will get right tonight. The only question is if you'll be able to pick him out on stage. Bounce wit' Sissy Nobby during the after party.


Over at Fulton Street’s 12 BarCyril NevilleTribe 13, and Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington take the stage for what should be memearable experience. W’W’W has also been here there and everywhere lately, and ain’t stopping now! Stick around to catch Flow Tribe, who’ll be napping until their set at 2:00AM. Other nightowls, who are veterans (or vetrans) in the a.m. department, especially when it comes to Tip's, are our homeboys Galactic. They play their Late Show (like its NYE all over again) tonight at two.


Bid April farewell and ring in May Day in one (or all) of these ways.

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